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Here are some recent examples of how FirstService Residential New York has been making news.
 

In Pursuit of Green Power, Kips Bay Towers Purchases Renewable Energy Certificates

The board of Kips Bay Towers Condominium, in its endless quest to implement sustainable measures at its Midtown East complex —which comprises 1,118 apartments and spans 7.5 acres—expressed an interest in purchasing renewable energy.

Posted on Monday April 18, 2016 read more

FirstService Residential Buildings Net Nearly $1 Million in Dividends through Safety Group

FirstService Residential is pleased to report that 265 properties in our management portfolio collectively received $981,639 in dividends by participating in Safety Group #561—the largest and most successful Workers’ Compensation Safety Group for real estate in New York State.

Posted on Monday April 18, 2016 read more

FirstService Residential Hosts NYC Retrofit Accelerator Event

To support our commitment to improving the efficiency of multifamily properties throughout New York City, FirstService Residential hosted an informative presentation for board members that was jointly sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Manhattan’s Community Board 6.

Posted on Monday April 18, 2016 read more

Staff Management: The Key to Successful NYC Building Operations

From building operations and maintenance to financial management, contractor negotiations, and board and resident communications, a day in the life of an NYC property manager is ever-changing. It takes a special personality to navigate the intellectual rigors of this job. Among the many factors that make a good property manager and a successful management company, is the effective staff management for their building. Read on to learn more.

Posted on Friday April 15, 2016 read more

What You Need To Know When Organizing a Recycling Program for Your NYC Property

With spring in full bloom, now’s a great time to inspire your community to demonstrate support for environmental protection and preservation. If your NYC condo, co-op, or rental community is considering starting a recycling program – bravo! If you’d like to give it a go and don’t know how to begin, here are some effective tips on program development and suggestions for existing, New York City-funded recycling programs available at no cost to your property. Read on to get started.  

Posted on Friday April 08, 2016 read more

How to Meet Your NYC Neighbors: For the Tech Savvy and Digitally Enthralled

There are few things these days that an app can't help us find - from dining options to book clubs to fitness trainers, even - which is especially helpful given our robust calendars and the fast-paced lives we live as New Yorkers. Whether you're a newcomer to this big city, or a long time resident of the Big Apple looking to forge neighborly connections with likeminded locals in your area there may be online tools to meet your needs. Here’s an overview to get you started.    

Posted on Wednesday April 06, 2016 read more

FirstService Residential in March Edition of Mann Management Report

Photos from our Annual Celebration for Associates appear in a two-page spread in the latest edition of Mann Management Report. 

Posted on Tuesday March 15, 2016 read more

The Price of Smoking in Co-ops Just Went Up. Way Up

In a decision that’s sure to fuel the smoking debate in every co-op in the city, a state Supreme Court judge has awarded more than $120,000 in back maintenance, interest and attorney fees to a co-op shareholder who claimed that smoke from other apartments had permeated her unit and rendered it uninhabitable.

Posted on Friday March 04, 2016 read more

Training New Board Members - Shortening the Learning Curve

President Dan Wurtzel is quoted in this recent Cooperator article discussing the importance of training to ensure that newly-elected board members fully understand their role and fiduciary duties, as well as the mission of the association, in order to successfully serve the building.

Posted on Tuesday February 16, 2016 read more

What Size Management Company? Is Bigger Always Better?

President Dan Wurtzel offers advice to boards seeking a new management company in this Cooperator article titled “What Size Management Company?”

Posted on Friday January 15, 2016 read more

Three of FirstService Residential's managed properties made the list of top 10 best-selling condos in Queens.

Three of FirstService Residential's managed properties – Silver Towers, Park City Estates, and Dara Gardens – made the list of top 10 best-selling condos in Queens.

Posted on Friday January 15, 2016 read more

In Tribeca Project, The Power of Tax Breaks

The Wall Street Journal highlights FirstService Residential, and the company's recently published Top Ten Rentals Report, in a story discussing the Tribeca tax abatement program.

Posted on Tuesday December 22, 2015 read more

Building Safety For Everyone

President Dan Wurtzel is quoted extensively in this Cooperator article that covers building safety for residents.

Posted on Wednesday December 16, 2015 read more

The Elements of a Dysfunctional Board

Alan Pearlstein, a General Manager with FirstService Residential, is quoted in this Cooperator article that covers how a well-run board makes the difference between a pleasant strees-free home and a building in disarray.

Posted on Wednesday December 16, 2015 read more

How To Make The Best of Outdoor Spaces in Winter

Marc Kotler, Senior Vice President of FirstService Residential's New Development Group, is quoted extensively in this Real Estate Weekly article discussing New York City's coveted outdoor living spaces.

Posted on Monday December 14, 2015 read more

Rent-Regulated Tenants In Co-ops & Condos

President Dan Wurtzel offers advice in this Cooperator article on how to effectively deal with non-owner residents in condos and co-ops. Click here to read the article.

Posted on Monday November 30, 2015 read more

Holiday Season & Yearly Fire Prevention: 10 Things You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe

The winter holiday season is here! And along with the feasting and merriment come potential fire hazards as we spend time preparing in kitchens and stringing up festive d├ęcor. Now’s a great time of year to take stock and eliminate potential fire hazards in your home – after all, being aware of possible risks and taking steps to correct them can go a long way toward keeping your family safe.

Posted on Thursday November 19, 2015 read more

Fair Chance Act Impacts Co-op and Condo Hiring Practices

A new law that impacts the hiring practices of building services employees in New York City co-ops and condos took effect October 27, 2015. Under the Fair Chance Act, employers with at least four employees cannot inquire about a job applicant's criminal history until after a conditional job offer has been made. Find out how this law will impact co-op and condo hiring practices.

Posted on Tuesday November 10, 2015 read more

Top Ten Best Practices for Avoiding Directors & Officers Liability Claims

Directors & Officers (D&O) liability insurance is intended to protect directors and officers against allegations of wrongful conduct when acting in their capacity as a board member. Learn more about best practices for avoiding D&O claims.

Posted on Monday November 09, 2015 read more

Creativity with Client Financing Solutions

FirstService Financial (FFI), the FirstService Residential affiliate that helps our clients fulfill their financing requirements at the most competitive interest rates and terms available, has facilitated or assisted in loan placements in excess of $1.2 billion for cooperatives and condominium associations. This recent transaction illustrates why many of our clients choose to participate in FFI’s programs, which provide added value based on the global purchasing power of our parent company, FirstService Corporation.

Posted on Monday November 09, 2015 read more
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